Job title:                         CEO – Nutgrove Community Enterprise Centre CLG             

Reporting to:                 The Board of Nutgrove Community Enterprise Centre CLG

Contract:                        Full-time, permanent

Salary:                         The salary is aligned to the local authority pay scale at Grade 7 level

Location:                        Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Dublin 14

About Nutgrove Community Enterprise Centre CLG

Nutgrove Community Enterprise Centre CLG (NCEC) also known as Nutgrove Enterprise Park was established in 2002 and operates as a company with charitable status. We support local start-up and growing enterprise providing affordable and flexible workspace, together with training, advice and information. Workspace includes offices, food and light industrial units, meeting and coworking spaces.  In addition to supporting our tenant and coworking base of business owners and circa 150 employees, we manage a range of entrepreneurship and business development programmes under contract to LEO DLR, the Dublin and Wicklow LEOs and Enterprise Ireland.

About the role

As CEO, you will lead and drive the organisation’s strategy to position NCEC as a dynamic, thriving and growing enterprise centre. You will oversee the strategic, developmental, operational, financial, marketing and administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Enterprise Centre. You will develop and maintain strong relationships and continue to deliver the provision of services to the wider enterprise community. Commercially aware, you will have a passion for enterprise and a strong understanding of the importance of entrepreneurial communities.

You will report to, and work closely with the chairperson of the Board of Nutgrove Community Enterprise Centre CLG to ensure the

ethos of the organisation is maintained and report to them on all business performance as required.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy & Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Board, identify and evaluate the changing needs of NCEC and develop and implement the strategic plan.
  • Apply innovative thinking to identify and develop broader opportunities to promote NCEC as a leading provider of entrepreneurship and business development programmes.
  • Assist and develop enterprise centre clients, and potential entrepreneurs in the community, by evaluating the feasibility of their ideas and in the preparation of business plans.
  • In collaboration with the board develop and report on performance measurements to analyse and support strategic decision-making.
  • Inspire a business-oriented, professional, results-driven environment across the organisation.


Financial Management & Governance

  • Meet financial objectives as set by the Board, forecasting requirements; preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analysing variances and initiating corrective actions. Present monthly/quarterly Manager’s report and management accounts to the Board.
  • Oversee and sign off on monthly expenditure, VAT payments and meet contractual obligations as required in line with company policies and procurement procedures. (NCEC is currently using Surf financial software package).
  • Prepare grant applications to state funders such as Enterprise Ireland as required, maintaining accurate records and ensuring compliance with all requirements through to analysis, reports and drawdown of such grants.
  • Develop, implement & regularly review appropriate systems, processes and policies ensuring good governance and controls.  
  • Report and maintain accurate records for the Charitable Regulatory Authority.

Stakeholder Management & External Engagement

  • Licensees: Develop and maintain strong relationships and regular communication with existing Licensees and service users. Manage and monitor License and ensure that all License Fees are paid monthly in accordance with License agreements. Advertising, recruiting and letting to new Licensees as required.
  • Service Contracts: Manage service contracts including those currently in place with LEO DLR and Enterprise Ireland to support the objectives and goals of those bodies.
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with other development agencies and community bodies locally, and in particular with the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland.
  • Develop connections in community networks and an understanding of available supports to direct business users to information, support and resources.
  • Monitor and ensure key service providers/suppliers provide value for money and high levels of service.
  • Active involvement and participation with appropriate regional and national representative organisations, such as Community Enterprise Association Ireland (CEAI) is required.

Operational Management & Administration

  • Support the Board in the development of NCEC expansion plans and manage the day-to-day requirements of the building project which is currently in progress. 
  • Maintain the good and safe condition of the Enterprise Centre including tenant units, the grounds, meeting rooms and the public areas, and arrange for necessary repairs.
  • Maintain and monitor the security of the building and access control systems including the monitoring of CCTV and deal with out of hours emergency calls. 
  • Monitor health and safety activities and ensure observance to policies and maintain those policies to meet best practice standards.
  • Effectively manage social media and the promotion of NCEC activities to ensure optimum occupancy levels and promotion of services e.g. meeting rooms and hot desks. 
  • Manage employees (currently 2 direct reports) include recruiting, selecting, engaging and developing employees.


Person Specification

Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge & Skills

  • Third level qualifications in a business discipline would be an advantage.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in similar role or a business management position.
  • Familiarity with governance and legislation requirements for the charity sector.
  • Excellent grasp of financial reporting processes.
  • Demonstrated track record of effective change management and project management skills.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure.
  • Strong teamworking skills and the confidence to lead and motivate a team.
  • Competent and comfortable using a variety of technologies and tools. Proficiency in of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and other commonly used office packages.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with online marketing and the skills to maintain social media sites.



The successful candidate will demonstrate all of the following Core Competencies:

  • Strategic Vision – Provide strategic leadership and drive transformation. Create an environment and culture conducive to strategic delivery. Have a desire to explore innovative approaches and new ideas. Demonstrate resilience and drive in pursuit of objectives.
  • Leadership & IntegrityAct and lead with Integrity. Is trustworthy and, through leading by example and collaboration, foster the highest standards of ethics and integrity. Set clear standards.
  • Communication – Demonstrate strong interpersonal and social skills, a networker with genuine interest in supporting the success of others. Influence and build effective relationships, work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders. Present information in a confident, logical and convincing manner, verbally and in writing.
  • Management and Delivery of Results - Have a high-quality customer service focus, results-driven, focused on goal setting, performance delivery and accountability.
  • Problem Solving and Decision-Making - Tailor solutions and act decisively based on information and situation analysis to deliver results. Plan and prioritise work considering resource constraints, risk profile and changing circumstances.

Apply with CV and cover letter.

NCEC is an equal opportunities employer.

All applicants must have the right to work in Ireland.

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